My sweet tooth takes no prisoners. Earlier today I made a meatloaf, complete with a bacon topping – yum! Sadly, it went into the freezer as part of my meal prep for the coming weeks. Still, it got me thinking about making a dessert that would go well with it.
Chocolate chip cooks are as American as apple pie. And you know what else is? Cast iron skillets, that’s what. I’ve made a couple of skillet cookies before, but this one is the hands-down favorite with the kids and really easy to put together.
If you don’t have a cast iron skillet (what?!) you can also use a baking pan. But you’ll be better off waiting two days for this beauty to arrive.
Beyond being a necessity with three kids at home, cooking is both a creative passion and a way to destress for me. My favorite is baking, and one of my go-to star ingredients in the summer are blueberries. Now, I make about a dozen loaves of Lemon Blueberry bread each year – it’s become a summer calling card of mine. But today I was really needing to get into the kitchen, and wanted to try something different.
These cookies are ver light, almost cake like. I think they’d go really well with a hot tea on a cool afternoon, as we welcome Autumn.
1/2EaLemon JuiceNote: you should also add the juice of the 1/2 lemon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a pan with either a silicon sheet or parchment paper. I have not been happy with how they brown using a cooking sheet, as they tend to stick a little.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and lemon zest. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat the 2 eggs in a small bowl, then mix in. Incorporate the sour cream.
Slowly add the flour mixture, blending well.
Carefully blend in the blueberries. Note: you may want to add a teaspoon of cornstarch to the blueberries beforehand, if they are thawed and giving off a lot of liquid.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until slightly brown around the edges. Let cool on baking sheet for another 10 minutes before moving to cooling rack.
To be honest, I really find it best to eyeball this. Basically you're going to combine the powdered sugar, lemon zest, and just enough lemon juice to get a consistency you feel will spread well. I use a pastry brush.
I’ve been a little bit of a lazy dessert cook of late – too much business travel, various commitments, etc. But after spending $2.00 at WalMart buying a box of a dozen cookies, I felt guilty enough to dust off my apron and make some bar cookies.
Glazed Oatmeal Cranberry Bars
Many cookie recipes can be baked into bars, and that is what I did here. Taking a relatively easy oatmeal cookie recipe, added cranberries (I got a really good deal on dried cranberries a while back), and spread into a pan. The glaze is what makes the difference between ho-hum and 'wow, this taste fantastic!'.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside a 13x9 baking pan (no need to grease)
In a large bowl, combine together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside
In a separate bowl, cream butter, eggs, and sugars together.
Add eggs and vanilla to the creamed mixture, beating well
Add creamed mixture to the large bowl of dry ingredients. Mix well, preferably by hand.
Add oatmeal, cranberry. Again, best results come from mixing by hand, in my opinion.
Spread in baking pan, using spatula to even out
Bake for 30-35 minutes, checking after 25 minutes.
Powdered Sugar Glaze
I don't really measure well. You're making a glaze by starting with 1 cup powdered sugar, 2tsp of vanilla, and 1/4c milk. Depending, you may need to add more milk or sugar to get the consistency you want. I like mine to be close to a spread, but pourable.
When ready, place into pastry bag (or a sandwich bag and snip an end) and spread across the bars after they've cooled for about 10 minutes.